New Federal Election Chair Vows To Unleash ‘Nuclear Option’ To Force Violations Crackdown
The new Democratic head of the Federal Election Commission is reportedly launching a “nuclear option” to thwart Republican stonewallers on the panel battling against enforcement of campaign regulations. Ellen Weintraub told Mother Jones magazine that she will no longer vote to defend the agency against lawsuits accusing the agency of not enforcing regulations. Instead, she’s going to root for courts to order the FEC to enforce the law.
But if the FEC stops defending itself, it “should be more frequent that the court finds that the law has been violated, which will make it harder for super PACs and mega donors ... to evade campaign finance law,” Adav Noti, a senior director at the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center and a former FEC lawyer, told Mother Jones.